Marquette and JolietIn 1673 Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet let the first French expedition down the Mississippi. Joliet was the explorer; Marquette was the missionary and chaplain. The French hoped to find a rumored big river to the south that might lead to the Pacific. They soon concluded that they were headed not toward the Pacific, but toward the Gulf of Mexico. Near the mouth of the Arkansas River, Native Americans warned them that if they went farther south, they would encounter extreme heat, fierce peoples, and great beast. They turned back to the safety of the French settlements on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence.
|Placed By||Mississippi River Tales, River Heritage Mural Association|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 276885 N 4131790|
|Decimal Degrees||37.30600000, -89.51748333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 18.36', W 89° 31.049'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 18' 21.6" N, 89° 31' 2.94" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1993 N Water St, Cape Girardeau MO 63701, US|
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